Thursday, February 2, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part 9

Cameron Avila-Leeper LHP.  DOB:  2/11/1996.  5'11", 150 lbs.  Drafted 2015 Round 17.

2016 R:  0-0, 0.00, 3 IP, 0.00 BB/9, 12.00 K/9.

Coming off TJ surgery.  Pitched well in 2 short late season appearances.


Tyler Rogers RHP.  DOB:  12/17/1990.  6'4", 190 lbs.  Drafted 2013 Round 10.

2016 AA:  1-1, 0.77, 35 IP, 2.06 BB/9, 6.17 K/9, GO/AO= 5.15, 10 Saves.
2016 AAA:  1-1, 6.10, 31 IP, 4.65 BB/9, 6.39 K/9, GO/AO= 4.23, 1 Save.
2016 AFL:  0-1, 6.03, 8.2 IP, 2.08 BB/9, 9.35 K/9.

Sidearm/submariner.  Stumbled in AAA and the AFL although he maintained his elite GB rate(I consider GO/AO= 2.00 or above elite).  I was a bit surprised the Giants did not add him to the 40 man roster and also a bit surprised another organization did not take him in the Rule 5 draft.  Looks like he is going to have to prove out at AAA which may be difficult as there are so many parks in the PCL where sinkers don't sink.


Ian Gardeck RHP.  DOB:  11/21/1990.  6'2", 220 lbs.  Drafted 2012 Round 16.

2016:  DNP.

Gardeck missed 2016 with TJ surgery.  Serious reliever prospect prior to the injury.  Giants usually start rehabbing pitchers at low levels and let them work their way back.  Could he take the Hunter Strickland route to the majors?


Stephen Woods RHP.  DOB:  6/10/1995.  6'2", 200 lbs.  Drafted in 2016 Round 8.

2016 R:  0-2, 2.67, 27.0 IP, 5.67 BB/9.  8.33 K/9.
2016 SS:  1-0, 5.63, 8 IP, 5.63 BB/9, 13.50 K/9.

I added him late.  Seems to fit the profile of a hard thrower with a wild hair up his nose like many others in the Giants system.


Up Next:  Dominican Dandies


  1. Interesting invitees. My sleeper is LHP Kraig Sitton, well I'd rather see him than Matt Reynolds if any of them stick.
    Good luck to the IFers -- playing for a spot in Sacramento? Unless the Giants want Tomlinson to get ABs along with Brown, he should stick.
    Looks like the Giants are committed to Parker and Mac: the young guys are young and the older guys are, well, what are they? Ruggiano will battle the training room more than the competition, can't imagine Morse unless the NL adds the DH, +Hernandez is a near lock even if just a defensive fill in against LHP,but maybe we'll find out why the Giants signed and protected Calixte.

  2. Every time you post more prospects with a little info about each and/or throw in crazy knowledge about sinkers in the PCL, it blows my mind. I haven't actually counted, but I'm sure you are close to about 100 prospects. Incredible. Your blog is a great info hub on information for our beloved Giants. Once again, thank you for your time and amazing effort you spend on your blog.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Erik.

  3. A coup for the Cardinals locking up Martinez into his 30's while he's still paid peanuts.
    Question, Doc (or anyone), why did Jake Arrieta blossom at 28 yo after a lot of lackluster high K/9, high W/9, then he found a measure of control and success, but in 2016 his W/9 edged back up and he was good but not as great '14 & '15?
    I like Alvarado being an invitee -- his has been a long journey.

    1. They bought out three years arbitration and delayed FA by two years. Martinez asked for $4.25 million in arbitration this year. Assuming he got that and not the Cardinals $3.9 million. That means he's a $4-million pitcher at this stage of his team-controlled contract career. A figure that would likely go up in A2 and A3.

      Therefore, Martinez will make about $15-$18 million more in the first three years then he'd likely have gotten in arbitration.

      To offset this he left as little as nothing off the back end (if injured or his pitching falls apart) and much as $20-to-$25 million off the back end if he performs well. So wouldn't really call it a coup. I'd call it a small (in relative baseball terms, certainly not my tax bracket terms), future discount for a lot of security. Security the Cards were willing to provide, providing they got a discount for the early raise.

    2. It is a pretty good deal for both player and team. If he stays healthy, it's a very good deal for the Cardinals, but I seem to recall Martinez' arm barking a few times. All long term pitcher contracts are risky, but my gut feeling is Martinez is an above average risk.